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Molly Magarik, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: Jill.Fredel@delaware.gov

DPH Media Contact:
Mary Fenimore
Email: DPHMedia@Delaware.gov

Date: June 22, 2021
DHSS-6-2021





DELAWARE WILL ISSUE EMERGENCY BENEFITS FOR JUNE TO ALL SNAP HOUSEHOLDS AND TO ELIGIBLE TANF AND GENERAL ASSISTANCE HOUSEHOLDS


NEW CASTLE (June 22, 2021) - The Delaware Division of Social Services will issue emergency benefits for June to eligible households as part of the state's ongoing response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Benefits will be issued as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and two cash assistance programs - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and General Assistance (GA). The SNAP emergency food benefit will be issued Wednesday, June 23, and should be available on recipients' Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards Thursday, June 24. TANF and GA households should receive an emergency cash benefit check on or after Wednesday, June 23.

All households with open SNAP cases will receive at least $95 in emergency food benefits, to be issued as follows:

  1. SNAP households receiving the maximum food benefit amount for their household size will receive $95 in emergency food benefits.
  2. SNAP households with a calculated emergency food benefit amount less than $95 will have their emergency benefit increased to $95.
  3. SNAP households with a calculated emergency benefit amount of $95 or more will continue to receive the calculated emergency benefit amount to increase the household's monthly benefit up to the maximum benefit amount for their household size.

The emergency assistance for TANF and GA families will increase a household's monthly benefit for each program up to the maximum benefit amount for their household size. Households that already receive the maximum TANF or GA benefit amount or that have a prorated benefit in the month of June are not eligible for the June emergency cash funds.

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has issued emergency benefits each month to eligible households as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, which was signed into law in March 2020.

"Even though the spread of COVID-19 in Delaware continues to decline, many of our vulnerable residents still struggle from the economic impact of the pandemic," said DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik. "We are grateful for this ongoing emergency assistance, which helps families pay for food and other basic necessities."

How the monthly emergency benefit is calculated: A household's monthly emergency benefit equals the current maximum benefit amount for the household size minus the household's current monthly benefit amount. For example, based on current USDA limits for SNAP benefits, if a household of one gets $100 in regular monthly benefits, that household will receive $134 in emergency benefits ($234 maximum benefit minus $100 monthly benefit).

Here are the current maximum monthly benefit amounts per household size for SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance:


Emergency SNAP Benefits


Number in SNAP Household Maximum Benefit Amount
Adjusted with the 15 percent increase effective Jan-Sept 2021
1 $234
2 $430
3 $616
4 $782
5 $929
6 $1,114
7 $1,232
8 $1,408
Each additional person $176

An estimated 56,452 households will be eligible to receive the emergency SNAP allotment in June, totaling about $10.4 million in emergency food benefits for the month.

Emergency cash benefits
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Number in TANF Household Maximum Benefit Amount
1 $201
2 $270
3 $338
4 $407
5 $475
6 $544
7 $612
8 $681
9 $750
10 $819

General Assistance (GA)

Number in GA Household Maximum Benefit Amount
1 $79
2 $107
3 $144
4 $169
5 $209
6 $239

An estimated 173 households will be eligible to receive emergency cash assistance benefits in June, totaling about $24,315 in emergency benefits for the month.

In addition to the emergency benefits, households will receive their regular benefits for June on the usual issuance dates.

For more information about DSS's benefit programs in response to the pandemic, go to division's webpage. To apply for benefits, go to Delaware ASSIST or call 1-866-843-7212. To limit the spread of COVID-19, clients are asked to contact the Division of Social Services by phone or online.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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